Defunct ‘ghost warrants’ keep freed people tethered to justice system: report


Jailed people are pictured at the Orleans Justice Center jail on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Clerical errors are a common cause of “ghost warrants,” which can send someone to jail for an outdated or defunct warrant that still appears on the person’s record, according to The Marshall Project and Guardian.

The partnering outlets on Monday (April 29) featured the stories of two New Orleans residents whose ghost warrants, also called “sticky warrants,” resulted in them being booked into jail. In both cases the warrants that prompted their arrests were related to cases that had been resolved years earlier.

Read the full report HERE.


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